By MOT Leeds News speaking to Paul Robinson

11th Aug, 2022 | 8:10pm

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Paul Robinson admits Leeds United were forced to cut their losses on Helder Costa after the winger moved to Al-Ittihad on a loan-to-buy basis.

On Sunday (7 August), the Saudi Arabian club confirmed the 28-year-old’s move to the Middle East with Leeds agreeing an initial loan deal with the view to a permanent move next year.

Leeds signed Costa from Wolves in 2020 for a fee of £15million [LeedsLive] but Saudi outlet Al-Kass now claims that the permanent fee agreed with Al-Ittihad is for around £3.9million.

It means Leeds are suffering a huge hit on the Angola winger, who was loaned to Valencia last year and failed to complete a permanent move after an unsuccessful season.

When asked if Costa is Victor Orta’s biggest flop at Elland Road, Robinson told MOT Leeds News: “If you put the numbers together, you would assume that was the case.

“He was a part of the Championship-winning side, he was in the squad that got Leeds promoted into the Premier League but he’s not done it at this level and sometimes you have to cut your losses.

Costa did well at Wolves at the time and Leeds bought him for big money but they’ve sold him for less because of where he’s at.

He hasn’t been able to do it at the level that Leeds wanted him to do it at.

When you’re selling a player, you’re only going to command top money from top teams and if he’s not been good enough at Leeds, you can’t demand top money from elsewhere.

It’s a case of having to cut the losses and you get some right and you get some wrong. Leeds took the gamble but it didn’t pay off and at times.”

Costa hadn’t featured for Leeds in pre-season matches and was left at home for the tour of Australia.

In other Leeds United news, the Whites are in the hunt to sign this £40million-rated forward who could opt to quit a Champions League club in the coming days.